RELATIONAL GESTALT

VALUES

These 6 values underpin all we do at the Gestalt Centre.  They are deeply embedded in our GTA training program, inform our ConnectGround clinic guiding all clinical practice & they provide a roadmap for our community participation.

EMBODIED AWARENESS

Embodied Awareness

 

Relational Gestalt Theory supports a deepening interest in immediate experience - in becoming aware of our embodied responses, we have access to vital information and can be more responsive (flexible & creative) in the here-and-now.

 

The GTA student becomes practised at bringing their embodied experience into awareness and dialogue.  In turn, this supports others to become more curious about their lived experience. 

Embodied Awareness

 

Relational Gestalt Theory supports a deepening interest in immediate experience - in becoming aware of our embodied responses, we have access to vital information and can be more responsive (flexible & creative) in the here-and-now.

 

The GTA student becomes practised at bringing their embodied experience into awareness and dialogue.  In turn, this supports others to become more curious about their lived experience. 

Enlivened Relationships

 

Relational Gestalt Theory supports deepening the personal and interpersonal skills that promote resilience, flexibility and health in individuals and supports better relating.  Relational gestalt philosophy provides a major support in this capacity building. 

 

The GTA student deepens their capacity for meaningful relationships and understands the power of connection in restoring spontaneity and joy in life.  Supporting healthy relationships is the cornerstone of all we do at GTA. 

Experimental & Dynamic

 

 ​Relational Gestalt Theory offers a model of change that starts with acknowledging the ‘what is’.  Therefore, meaningful change is always congruent and supports authenticity. Gestalt is also dynamic and experimental; it challenges fixed ideas and energetic blockages and helps to create movement and growth.

 

The GTA student learns a model of change that is both supportive and challenging.  Current behavioural and emotional issues can be understood contextually and developmentally, as well as having a present-day utility. Experiments help to move awareness and restore spontaneity and volition.

Experimental & Dynamic

 

 ​Relational Gestalt Theory offers a model of change that starts with acknowledging the ‘what is’.  Therefore, meaningful change is always congruent and supports authenticity. Gestalt is also dynamic and experimental; it challenges fixed ideas and energetic blockages and helps to create movement and growth.

 

The GTA student learns a model of change that is both supportive and challenging.  Current behavioural and emotional issues can be understood contextually and developmentally, as well as having a present-day utility. Experiments help to move awareness and restore spontaneity and volition.

Culturally & Environmentally Situated

 

Relational Gestalt Theory offers a meaningful critique of dominant individualistic and pathologising approaches.  Gestalt therapists understand that experience is always contextual (i.e. is relationally derived). Re-contextualising experience is generous and non-shaming.  It allows for the inquiry: ‘How does this make sense?’.

 

The GTA student learns to contextualise experience by looking through the various lenses of environment, culture, history, current need, expectations etc.  Sensitivity to context is a profoundly compassionate stance and is a support to meaningful change. 

Transformative Presence

 

Relational Gestalt Theory promotes deep listening, compassion and courage as part of a transformative awareness process.  The training is offered as a developmental process, that deepens the student’s capacity to be present to another, and to notice how this presence confirms the others’ humanity.

 

The GTA student deepens their capacity for presence, emotional attunement, and self-regulation so that they can bear witness to another’s experience (distress or suffering) without the reflexive need to ‘fix’.  Instead, understanding is built together, and space is made for the unique expression of each individual.

Connection & Community

 

Relational Gestalt Theory acknowledges the fundamental human longing for belonging throughout the training program.  Space is also made for the vulnerability and shame that these longings surface.  In this way, the GTA student is immersed in a community building experiment and develops gratitude for, and skills to enhance, all the communities they belong to.

 

The GTA student is immersed in a learning community. They grapple with longings around connection and shame.  Understanding belonging in this way, they become shame sensitive practitioners and vital contributors to the broader social worlds from which they come.

LIVING WELL / RELATING WELL

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